Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Holy Shipdisturber! A brand new website!

This Thursday, September 1st, we are launching a new website. I'm kind of scared and really excited.

It will be a brand new look for Smoking Lily, thanks to Natalie of Apartment 527. She is the same person responsible for both our previous websites. We hope you like it.

Our web lady extraordinaire, Emira, has updated the technology. The Smoking Lily site will now be accessible on tablets and smart phones. It will be much easier for you, our customers, to navigate throughout the site. There are more catagories for us to play with. For example, Smoking Lily's kids wear is no longer an "accessory" and we can break up the women's clothing into seperate categories. It will be much easier for us to put our prints up on the site, so we will actually try update that page from time to time.

Another huge change....Our blog is moving over to the new website. All in one!

Some things will stay the same. We have decided that we would like to continue the personal touch, so we will still be phoning and sending emails to our mail order shoppers to complete their orders. We love chatting with you.

Glenda has had a lot of late nights processing photos she took for the new site. We have posted a few on the old site, but the new site has them all. She did a fantastic job. Glenda and our long-standing model Dianna took a few road trips to shoot on location to get some good snaps for you.

We are excited to launch our new website and hope that you will enjoy it. We ask that you be patient with us as we transition and become familiar with the new site. As always, we will be happy to answer any questions you have via phone or email.


Smoking Lily

Victoria Shops: Johnson Street Fest

We had such a great time last Saturday at Johnson St fest, I have to share a few photos. If you missed it this year, mark it on your calendars for next year - discounts at smoking lily, cotton candy and tiny donuts! Could you wish for more on a Saturday afternoon?? Oh and all the money raised for the event went towards 'Make a Wish' foundation. Great event- great cause.

Our Guidance Booth

Our past models stopped by for a short visit.

Joanne and Nicole sumo wrestling!!

Rachael filled in for Renee for a bit.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A few spots left!

Hey Victoria Peeps! We have another screen printing class starting next Tuesday night and there are a couple spots left. Sign up at the Johnson street wee shop to have a super fun time with Trish and Rachael for 3 Tuesdays... When we are finish you will take home your own screen and know how to print your own tee's and things. Great for making your family Christmas gifts this year!

Vancouver Update: Battling the Gloom With Silliness

The last week has a seen a lot of unwelcome news: death, hurricanes, flooding....Not that there hasn't been good news, too, I'm just feeling that some recent sad events combined with the less than August-like weather the past couple of days has put a bit of a damper on the fleeting effervescence of an already short summer this year. Booo!

In the spirit of "Battling Possible Gloom With Absolute Silliness!!," I thought I'd post some, well, silly videos. The first is from a series of hilarious (but lewd!) clips featuring cast members from the current Broadway production of The Importance of Being Earnest reading transcripts from Jersey Shore. (In case you are unfamiliar with the general, um, level of decorum in Jersey Shore, you'll probably not want to watch this one with the sound cranked at work!)

This second video is from an older but equally hilarious series called Drunk History. It's fairly self-explanatory (and historically inaccurate)...

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Victoria Update: Pippa Jacket

It's not that I'm looking forward to the wet weather of fall... but I am excited to sport the very stylish Pippa Jacket. It's a classic look and fit with a hood. Made in waxed cotton means it's water repellant. And, as the washing instructions state on the inside - just hose it down! Comes in black. Sizes S,M,L. $240.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Vanilla Poached Peaches

I have been enjoying many lovely breakfasts in the garden lately - August has been fantastic in Vancouver. The garden table is in a lovely spot with the tomatoes looming large, the beets tickling your ankles under the table and the chairs sinking sideways into the soft soil. It's feels a little like a child's tea party.

Here's a couple of views of our garden table (one with a Lily linen tablecloth):

Yesterday, after enjoying a breakfast of pan-fried oysters that we shared with our upstairs neighbour, my boyfriend declared that he would love to have vanilla poached peaches for breakfast the following day. It was an interesting request (although I had just purchased 10 pounds of peaches the previous day at a farm stand), as I have never made poached peaches before and he had never mentioned them, but I agreed that it would be a delicious breakfast. So, I did the standard internet search for recipes, blended a few, picked up a vanilla bean and this morning got to work. It was a little time consuming, but fun and the result was so worth it - visually and gastronomically!

I think I may want to turn this whole box of peaches into the glistening gems that follow.